Manora Fort


If you are travelling to Thanjavur or Tanjore then there are few places you must visit and one of them is Manora. It’s around 65 – 75 kilometres from Thanjavur town and the best transportation option would be to hire a car. Instead of hiring the car for a full day you can book it for a point to point service which would be much cheaper.

The journey from Thanjavur town to Manora is a very smooth one as a considerable part of the journey is over newly constructed four lane highway, rest of the roads are also newly laid making it quite a smooth and comfortable journey.

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Shibram Chakraborty’s Mess House in Kolkata

Shibram Used To Live Here - 1

While the West had stand-up comedians for a long time it was different in this country and especially in this city of Kolkata. It was the authors and poets who would insert pun and twists into their imaginations and create a subtle sense of humour. There were many but it was Shibram Chakraborty who stood out from the rest. Since I had my significant proportion of my education outside of my home state thus reading the Bengali language was not that fluent for me. I had to often rely on my father to read these out.

According to my father, Shibram Chakraborty was the King of Laughter and his famous creations were the duo Harshabardhan and Gobardhan who would often show up. He would also put himself in his virtual story world thus creating a new dimension to his stories.

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Byomkesh Was Born Here

Byomkesh Was Born Here

The word “Detective” instantly brings the picture of Sherlock Holmes in to most peoples mind but for a Bengali like me we have quite a handful of options. We have Kaka Babu, Felu Da, Kiriti, Byomkesh etc. Most of these have been made into television serials and full length feature films, being an avid fan of these characters I hardly miss any. Off late my blogging hobby has made me think beyond the characters and go deep down to the mind of the creator of these famous detective stories.

Were they police officers, did they have and special connections by which they could create such intricate stories. In reality these were common people but in their minds they could create a web of stories which would fascinate their readers.

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Tribal Pork Curry

Tribal Pork Curry

I have been travelling to the state of Jharkhand quite often these days, Jharkhand being a tribal state has its own cuisine and eating habits. I have in one of my earlier post talked about Ant Chutni, in this post I will show you through multiple photographs how Traditional Pork Curry is prepared by the local tribal population.

Usually the pork is prepared fresh after its cut in the village market, there are sections dedicated to people who would cook it for you instantly at the open venue. They normally use wood fire to cook the pork. In this post however the process will be the same but the cooking will be inside a kitchen just to maintain the hygiene factor. But however the food is being prepared by a Munda Tribal boy who also happens to be my wife’s cousin brother, he has his own catering business and just on my request agreed to show it himself.

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Christians Celebrates Harvest Festival in Kolkata

Kolkata Harvest Festival 12

Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves;
Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

On 13th of December 2015, Christians in Kolkata celebrated “Harvest Festival”, this is a tradition wherein a Sunday in the month of December is dedicated to celebrate the new harvest.  In Bengali this is known as the “Nobanno Utsab”. This is somewhat similar to that of Thanksgiving but it’s more to do with the new harvest than a Turkey. This day is observed to thank God for the wonderful harvest for the year, this tradition and its timing varies from country to country as the main harvest season differs in different country.

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A Very Kolkata Palm Sunday – A journey with photography into Palm Sunday and Confirmation service

Confirmation ceremony - Bishop anointing the youth with Holy Water

Palm Sunday is celebrated the Sunday before Easter. It also marks the start of the Holy Week which consists of Good Friday and finally ends with Easter celebrations. Palm Sunday to me from very childhood symbolises the making of crucifix using palm leaves which we make by hand a day before and decorate the church with it.

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